Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Voice for Those Who Can't Speak

Bono spoke recently at a women's conference, encouraging Americans to resist the urge to turn inward during our troubled times. He spoke concerning the crisis in Africa, and our responsibility to help. Part of his speech was:

"History has a way of making ideas that are once acceptable, look ridiculous.
Let's not forget ... "no blacks, no Irish."
Let's not forget ... the back of the bus.
Let's not forget ... apartheid and Jim Crow.
Let's not forget ... women couldn't vote.
Ridiculous, all of it. Totally absurd. We know that now. Most people didn't back then."

Those words are fitting as well for what is happening daily in American clinics, in a culture that has devalued life to a point where we're numb to the absurdity. The star of "Bella," Eduardo Verastegui, speaks up in this video (not for children). Choose English or Spanish.

If you haven't seen the movie "Bella," I highly recommend it - it's a beautiful movie that flows like poetry. It's a story of family, love, healing, and the gift of life.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Homemade Toothpaste

Making homemade toothpaste is easy, using ingredients found in a basic health food store. Our family avoids fluoride - it may be good for the teeth, but the inside of the cheeks are like sponges, absorbing it into the rest of the body, which it is not good for.

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthum gum
1 1/4 teaspoon stevia
25 drops grapefruit seed extract (GSE)
drops of Young Living essential oil (Thieves, peppermint or orange, for example)
1 dash sea salt

Blend all ingredients in Vitamix or blender and pour into plastic squeeze bottle (empty honey bear or other plastic bottle).

Note: Young Living essential oils are therapeutic grade, and may be ingested. Other essential oils are not - so be aware of what you're using!
My code is 1013464, if you'd like to order anything.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hava's 1!

After playing outside, we had dinner together and celebrated with iced sour cream cookies. Havilah enjoyed the singing, but didn't go for the cookies. We can't believe she's 1 already - time seems to pass faster with each child. We're so thankful for our sweet girl...

... and our three big boys!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Piano

Every day when Pierce practices the piano, Havilah joins him. Today she decided to play a tune of her own.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Nurtured Family Boutique Open!

Open Tues-Fri, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8525-B Jackrabbit Road, Houston, TX 77095

The Nurtured Family boutique is officially open! The top photo is from pre-hurricane Ike - the new sign is underway. For now, just look for the building with the front ripped off! If you're in the Houston area, we'd love to have you visit!

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Tall Glass of Toilet Water

Check this out... Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hills Church in Seattle is posting a free e-book, chapter by chapter, for men at The e-book, “Porn-Again Christian” deals with pornography. If you're needing encouragement in this area - which grips the majority of men in our country - check out the first chapter, “A Tall Glass of Toilet Water.”